The Uncontrollable Forces Of Desire

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The Uncontrollable Forces of Desire
Desire is a consuming force that causes the body to act without consulting the mind. Sappho’s fragments in, If Not, Winter, creates experiences in which; eros produces a gap between the subject and the desired object. Eros is composed of the powerful, unconstrained forces of desire, attraction, and love. The use of syntax, simile, and overt symbolism within fragment 105A; allows Sappho’s readers to experience the uncontrollable forces of desire and attraction, which govern a person who is yearning after an individual that can never be obtained. This yearning further develops into need; where eros has complete control over the subject, and advances into madness. This ultimately creates a tangible distance between the subject and the object she desires, because the object may not reciprocate the same feelings toward the subject. In this paper, I will argue that as time passes, the longing after an unattainable person increasingly progresses, in stages, until madness overpowers the mind of the desiring individual. Many of Sappho’s fragments suggest that eros produces a gap between the subject and the object she desires, over time. This notion gains support within Sappho’s fragment 105A, where she writes, as the sweetapple reddens on a high branch high on the highest branch and the applepickers forgot- no, not forgot: were unable to reach
This fragment is a partial simile that illustrates a scene that is symbolic of wanting and not
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